Today, eLearning is the only viable solution for corporate training. Introducing learners to eLearning is possible with a few measures and is not overly difficult. As a result, most corporates must switch to modern eLearning to save costs of time, efforts, and money.
Switching to eLearning from face-to-face training brings with it a set of challenges that must be addressed for the switch to succeed. The biggest factor of which is employees accepting the new format of training.
Introducing eLearning to Learners Comfortable with Face-to-Face Training
Let Them Be a Part of The Product Free Trial and Selection
When opting for a switch to eLearning, it is important to opt for a free trial of the platform which is the (learning management system – LMS) and the courses that run on them (like the eLearning modules). A good LMS vendor allows organizations to test their platform for a minimum of 30 days. This trial period allows administrators to test all aspects of the product they are reviewing and accordingly make a purchase. However, LMS administrators are not the end users of an LMS.
As a result, learners must accept the LMS as well. Afterall, they are the end-users. Now, along with a thirty-day free trial period, a good vendor also allows administrators to add learners to the account.
Why is This Important?
Understanding how learners react to the new software is important. It presents administrators with a clear idea of what learners think of the platform and eLearning in general. Reputed vendors (we can add Abara here if ok) offer administrators the ability to add up to 30 learner accounts during the free trial.
The real exercise here is to gauge the response of a small group of learners and assess how the majority will respond when the new platform is introduced. A simple-to-use LMS with engaging features will definitely reveal itself to the small group of test learners and in all likeliness repeat its ability to charm by impressing the masses.
Choose Courses and Platforms That Support Mobile Devices
The biggest drawback of traditional training is the inability to access training when most needed. Traditional training’s highly inaccessible nature is the biggest draw towards eLearning. Educating learners about the accessibility of eLearning is very important to gain their confidence. However, accessibility can be taken a step further. By ensuring all eLearning content and the platform itself are accessible on smartphones even under low data bandwidth.
An increasing number of people are spending upwards of 6 hours and 43 minutes on their smartphones and it is carried on their person for almost 80% of the day. Training content readily available on the phone encourages learners to access training during free time or whenever needed without much efforts.
Highlighting these factors to potential first-time adopters is a great way to get them interested.
Rollout the Activities in A Planned Manner
When introducing eLearning to first-time learners, the biggest mistake an organization can make is to rollout-all eLearning in one go and overwhelm the audience. The best way to approach first-time learners is by introducing the concept to them in strategic bits and pieces. First steps like familiarizing learners with the learning management system and a few introductory courses, followed by introducing assessments and polls is a good way to start. With time, the complete range of courses can be opened, with administrators assigning courses to learners. Eventually, learners can enrol in courses of their choice as well on their own. The day learners start enrolling themselves into courses, you can positively say that your organization’s learners have matured. By introducing a step-wise plan to include new learners at their convenience, you’re allowing learners to familiarize with the concept of eLearning at their own pace without overwhelming them.
Make the Content Engaging
Another advantage that eLearning possesses over traditional face-to-face training is its ability to deliver training that is truly engaging. It is only the organization’s call as to how engaging their eLearning should be based on budgets and time constraints. As a result, an organization can make their content engaging using images, videos, and audio.
This content when hosted on mobile-friendly platforms makes it even more attractive to first-time adopters. It is important to remember that eLearning content should not follow the blueprints of traditional training. Doing so, may take away from eLearning’s ability to truly make a difference.
Clarify that eLearning Does Not Mean No Direct Communication
The biggest fear that learners may have is that eLearning cuts out the ability to directly communicate with trainers. However, it is the complete opposite and learners must be intimated about the same. Not doing so will always leave learners apprehensive to a point where resistance to eLearning is also displayed.
eLearning when conducted over an LMS allows learners to send queries to trainers in a one-on-one format. Trainers can easily post a reply. The same may actually not be possible in a traditional classroom setting when the number of learners is more and the inflow of questions is large. As a result, it would appear that asking questions over an LMS with a guaranteed response from trainers is much better than asking questions during events with the possibility that most may never be answered.
Like with any other activity, getting people to embrace eLearning by switching over from traditional concepts to newer ones must start with thorough education and answering doubts. To know more, get in touch via email or fill a contact form to get in touch.